Scilly Pelagic 17/10/2016

On the way out to sea between the islands we saw an Osprey, 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Common Scoter and Grey Plover. It was quite choppy out towards the Seven Stones reef and we did not stay out there too long. Best birds were a Pomarine Skua that was right next to the boat and a couple of Sooty Shearwaters. There were also 4+ Bonxie, Balearic Shearwater, Storm Petrel and an unusual record of a Snow Bunting that flew around us a couple of times.

Pomarine Skua

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Sooty Shearwater

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Scilly 2016

I drove down to Cornwall on 7/10/2016 stopping off at Fremington in Devon to see the Dalmation Pelican that has been seen in Cornwall/Devon for the last few months. Probably not a wild bird , but who knows, it was very distant resting on a sand bank.  I then stopped at Davidstow Airfield to see a Baird’s Sandpiper, as this a disused airfield you can actually drive down the runways. Here are some photos of some of the birds seen in the first week on Scilly.

Baird’s Sandpiper

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Subalpine Warbler

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Wryneck

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Sora

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Whinchat

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Black-necked Grebe

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Lapland Bunting

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